About this Research Topic
Although the study of works of art has received a great attention and much progress in recent years, most of these activities have been carried out by using conventional approaches and many challenges to face the complex world of the cultural heritage materials still exist, for example those concerning the following potential subjects of this Research Topic:
- The detailed identification of degradation agents and mechanisms acting at the nanoscale;
- The full understanding the chemical mechanisms controlling the protective properties of conservation materials;
- The study of the peculiar nano-features of original and fake works of art to be used to recognise counterfeited artifacts;
- The determination of the micro and nano-chemical and structural characteristic of heritage materials for their reproduction as closely as possible for a correct restoration.
- Design, synthesis, characterisation and validation of nano-materials for the really non-invasive and selective cleaning, the reliable consolidation and the long-lasting conservation also under unsuitable climate conditions. Particular attention should be devoted to the researches adopting the “drug delivery” approach aimed to develop methodologies, formulations and tools to transport active nano-materials as needed to safely achieve a protective or inhibiting “therapeutic” effect;
- Development and application of an integrated methodological approaches based on the combined use of complementary surface, interfaces and bulk analytical techniques;
- Development of innovative materials, tools and devices operating at the nanoscale to control and prevent the degradation phenomena during storage or exhibition.
- Development of conservation materials giving rise to innovative performace such as self-cleaning, depollutant and repellence properties.
- Development of novel materials specially designed for preserving heritage concrete. New performance such as corrosion inhibition and water repellence can be included in the materials
Keywords: Nanostructures in artwork, nanomaterials for sustainable conservation, nano diagnostic techniques, non-invasive cleaningmaterials, deciphering ancient technologies
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